Update May 2022: The Best Color Combinations in 2022 are now out, check them out.
The right use of color in your designs, advertising materials, portfolio, or even personal projects is a game-changer. It can mesmerize the audience, attract new customers, impress the right employers and help you send your message at light speed to the right receiver. Color just innately “speaks” to us… and we respond. It’s exciting to work with color, it’s exciting to look at it.
Color is always in trend, but you might ask which are the best colors and color combinations for this year? Color trends and tastes change frequently, different colors come and go and it’s important not to look outdated… That’s why we cooked up this article, to help you stay on top of your color game. We know which are the “stars” in 2021 and we will show you beautiful designs to inspire you, let’s go!
Update Oct. 2021: Graphic Design Trends 2022 are officially out raising the game. Check them out.
1. Top Colors To Use in 2021
First, we will start off with the “hot” colors for this year – you know, the ones, that can be used as a strong accent, the ones that can dominate your design.
Each year there are certain colors, no matter the huge variety of color combinations out there, that are clearly present in designs. They are sought after and they are a trademark of a particular year. Here they are:
The color of 2021 is yellow and why wouldn’t be? It’s bright, lively, dynamic, and friendly – all that we need and hope for in the new year. It is often associated with childhood too – which reminds us to be more free, and childlike, and forget the past year, which was dark, heavy, with too many responsibilities, and charged with negative experiences.
Not in the last place, yellow is associated with the sun – the life force, the warmth, and the light.
Yellow can go well with many other colors and will always be the attention-grabber, but this year we recommend you to:
Combine with: Grey or Black
Oh, red… Red is a classic and that’s why we never get tired of it. It will be on the top of the trendy colors this year too.
Red symbolizes passion, speed, and assertion. It makes a strong statement and says: “Hey, look at me. Me and nothing else”
There are many beautiful tints of red that will notice in the design world in 2021, we hand-picked some of them for you in the examples below.
And if you are asking which colors will complement beautifully your powerful reds, here is the answer:
Combine with: Blue or Black
If you are tired of screaming for attention on billboards, advertisements, commercials, and design – blue will soothe your eyes. Probably, it will also make you sigh, relax and marvel at designs with a predominant blue color scheme.
Blue is simply relaxing, it offers stability and responsibility, it’s the color of the sky, water – it furthermore implies purity.
People will always be drawn to designs with blue colors, and this year makes no exception!
Although blue goes well with many colors, you will find it in certain combinations in 2021. They are tasteful, elegant, and a bit mysterious. Not everything needs to be “in your face” design!
Combine with: Purple/Pink
The color took us by storm a few years ago and it’s still going strong. Although it’s a unique, a bit specific color, these are also the qualities that make it so intriguing and inspiring.
Many fashion brands use it for their products because it’s not as cold, overused, or masculine as some blues are. It still evokes purity, freedom, and spaciousness, with a pinch of playfulness and uniqueness.
Our favorite combo is teal-orange colors. That’s why we recommend you to experiment with teal and:
Combine with: Orange
2. Amazing Color Combinations to Try in 2021
Hold on! We have not only prepared the list of top colors for 2021 but also other inspiring color combinations to try in 2021. Without further ado, here they are:
2.1. Warm Color Combinations
Deep reds, oranges, earthy browns, and white with warm undertones are huge hits in recent years and there is a reason why. They ground us, they offer support, security and simple sophistication.
You’ve might notice their dominance in fashion, interior and home decor, and art. Well, in 2021, they are stepping forward into the design scene as well. Although we’ve noticed them in the last few years, this year these color combinations are even more present and stronger.
They also offer tranquility, they remind us of adventures, of all things natural and free.
2.2. Nature-Inspired Color Combinations
Speaking of the calmness, solidity, and coziness that warm color schemes offer, other nature-inspired color combinations are complementing them and add a bit of coolness and refreshment.
Fresh, lush greens and crystal blues invite us to go outside and take a breath of fresh air. Green and blue symbolize new life, growth, expansion, and freedom, so no wonder these colors will be in trend in 2021.
It’s time for a new path and new growth!
2.3. Vivid Color Combinations
Still, we have a little something for those who are tired of relaxing, resting, and being “zen”. Yes, we talk about all the people who are looking for fun, experimentation, showing their personality, and wanting to be loud.
For these colorful birds, we offer vivid color combinations – the colors are bold, in-your-face, they are here to impress and stand out and they certainly don’t want to blend in.
Electric greens and fluorescent yellows, juicy oranges, and rich pinks – they all make a bright, joyful color theme and we can’t wait to try these colors too!
2.4. Monochrome Color Combinations
Ahem… What about the audience that enjoys simplicity, and sophistication and wants to “show some style”? Don’t worry, we hear you! For you, we’ve prepared an inspiring collection of monochrome color combinations.
Monochrome color schemes consist of one color and its variations and/or in combination with blacks, grays, and whites.
It’s fairly difficult to achieve an impressive and memorable result with these color combinations, that’s why if done well – they don’t disappoint.
Simplicity shows style and taste and careful attention to the tiniest detail. So if you are a perfectionist, original, and want to be taken seriously – these color combinations are definitely for you!
We can’t wait to try the hot colors and color combinations for 2021, what about you?
Do you have already some of these colors in your brand, in projects for clients?
Or if not, which ones you’d like to try?
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